Chronology of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma Activities

1985

● At age 37, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche paid a visit to Master Guang Qin. Thereafter, the sight of meat made him sick, so he became a vegetarian.

1986

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sought refuge under Master Jinneng and started to study sutras in Exoteric Buddhism. During this time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sincerely repented and made offerings to aid in the support of the monastery and all Dharma activities.

1988

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sought refuge under His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang of Tibetan Buddhism, and became the Drikung kyabgon Chetsang’s root disciple.

1989

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began his sponsorship of the Drikung Kagyu Vihara of Esoteric and Exoteric Buddhism at the first Drikung Kagyu center in Taipei, and became chairman of its Dharma protection committee.

1993

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received the oral transmission of Ngondro, the preliminaries for tantric practice in Tibetan Buddhism, from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

1994

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led a life similar to a retreat and started to practice zealously. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then perfected Ngondro within one year.

1995

● While visiting the Drikung Thel Monastery of the Drikung Kagyu Order, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche informed a lama of his desire to meet the eldest practitioner in the monastery. The attendant of Most Venerable Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche was walking past and overheard them. He said, “A few days ago, Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche mentioned that there would be a foreigner coming to see him on this day.” He then led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on a hike, from 4200 to 5100 meters altitude, to the retreat room of Tenzin Nyima Rimpoche, who was, at that time, in life-long retreat. At their first meeting, the Great Yogi Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche of the Drikung Kagyu, voluntarily took Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche under his refuge. Being Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche’s only non-bhikkhu disciple of Han lineage, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was given the Dharma name, “Konchok Gendun” and the oral transmission of Mahamudra of Drikung.

1997

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche perfectly completed his first retreat at Jangchubling Monastery in India. Having chanted the Hundred Syllable Mantra of Vajrasattva 100,000 times within 20 days, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then received the Six Yogas of Naropa and the heart of Mahamudra teachings directly from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

● During the enthronement ceremony officiated by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was given the ceremonial garment and hat. He became the only ngakpa guru of the Han lineage to be officiated in the Drikung Kagyu Order.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche established the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, and has been holding Chod Pujas and teachings on a regular basis ever since.

● At their first meeting, the Great Yogi Drubwang Norbu Rinpoche praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for being a “virtuous man.” .

1998

● His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang gave Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche the great empowerment of the Kagyu Ngak Zod,  which lasted 15 consecutive days.

1999

● During a formal visit to Most Venerable Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche in Tibet, Rinhen Dorjee Rinpoche demonstrated his utmost trust in his guru by unhesitatingly eating yogurt bestowed upon him from a spoon that his guru has licked for two minutes. This act proved his pure heart and reverence for his guru.

2000

● In January, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche organized the Great Dorje Purbha Puja, conducted  by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, at the Taipei Cultural Center. It was attended by around 1,000 people.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche successfully completed his 2nd retreat at Jangchubling Monastery in India. From His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received the empowerment of Chod and the transmission of the Fire Puja in order to carry out four activities of  “peace,” “power,” “increase,” “wrath”. On top of this, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang predicted that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma activities to benefit all sentient beings would enjoy even greater success in the future.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sponsored the restoration of the gilded roofs of the Cannon Library and the Jambudvipa Ornament Hall at the Drikung Thel Monastery in Tibet.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche organized the Memorial Prayer Puja for Lord Jigten Sumgon.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche paid a formal visit to Most Venerable Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche in Tibet. With great compassion, aspiration and bodhichitta, he prostrated himself on behalf of all beings before Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche, who was in the retreat room at that time. All of a sudden, auspicious snowflakes fell from the clear blue sky and blanketed only the ground in front of the retreat room. It was the praise from the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and the Dharma protectors for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great merits and boundless aspirations to benefit all sentient beings.

2001

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche successfully completed his 3rd retreat at Jangchubling Monastery in India. During the Great Snake Year Teachings, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang publicly commended Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s devotion to the lineage.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche organized a tour for the performance of the Drikung Vajra Dances in Taiwan which raised a total of USD 200,000. All the proceeds were dedicated to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang for the construction of the Songtsen Library in India.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received the empowerment of Raktayamari, the wrathful emanation of Manjushri, from Lhochen Rinpoche, one of the three great Rinpoches in the Drikung Kagyu Order. This was the first time that the practice had been spread to an area outside Tibet.

2002

● Upon the successful completion  of his fourth retreat at Jangchubling Monastery in India, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s authorization to perform empowerment ceremonies for believers and conduct the Great Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche visited His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang in Tibet. The Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as the most important disciple and benefactor of the lineage.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche paid a visit to the Great Yogi Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stepped into the retreat room and prostrated himself, Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche searched the room, the seat, and all over himself for bills and coins. He then gave all the money, a total of RMB 500, to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and insisted that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accept. At first, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche politely rejected the generous offer, but later accepted due to the persistence of Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche and the persuasion of the Drikung Kyabgon Chuntsang’s elder brother. The incident signified that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was then able to accept offerings from both humans and celestial beings and, from that day forward, would carry major responsibility for the propagation of the lineage.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche organized the Great Amitabha Pure Land Puja and the Yidam Lohma Jolma Curing Puja, performed by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Over 10,000 believers attended this auspicious event.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche organized the Vajrapani Puja, conducted by Lhochen Rinpoche, in Taipei. More than 1,300 believers were in attendance.

2003

● Upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s sucessful completion of his Fifth retreat at Jangchubling Monastery in India, the Great Yogi Drubwang Norbu Rinpoche met with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Drubwang Norbu Rinpoche gave his thumb up and exclaimed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was “a great lama.” In addition, Drubwang Rinpoche specifically had his attendant send gifts and fruit to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Songtsen Library. Prior to the ceremony, Most Venerable Drubwang Rinpoche sat and waited for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang at the front entrance. He specifically instructed that a disciple bring another chair for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to sit beside him. At the inauguration ceremony of the Songtsen Library, in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the representatives from other lineages, and many international guests , His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his contribution to the Drikung Kagyu Order. In addition, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang specifically appointed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to offer a mandala to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on behalf of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage upon perfect completion of the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment Puja, conducted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was sent by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to Qinghai to organize the cliff carving project for the sculpture and the memorial library of Lord Jigten Sumgon.  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received a hearty welcome from the local Rinpoches, lamas and the Tibetan crowds wherever he went.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche visited the Great Yogi Yunga Rinpoche, who confirmed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma activities would be perfect. While Yunga Rinpoche was transmitting the Dharma teaching, he specifically asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to eat lunch (plain noodles in salty water) and listen to him at the same time. However, Yunga Rinpoche merely taught several pages of a very thick book. He then closed it and said, “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not need extensive elaboration to realize all the teachings. ” Yunga Rinpoche then gave him the empowerments of the terma tantric  practices and made two statues appear out of thin air, the Buddha Sakyamuni, with whom his own guru had practiced, and Guru Padmasambhava, his own guru. This meant that Yunga Rinpoche had passed his own distinctive lineage on to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Yunga Rinpoche also personally permitted that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to commission a 15-meter tall Yamantaka statue. Yunga Rinpoche said that the sentient beings in the Six Realms would be liberated upon hearing a Mani Mantra from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. During the visit, an auspicious sign was witnessed. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reached the foot of the hill where Yunga Rinpoche’s retreat room was located, dozens of flies appeared, hovering in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s forehead, and guided him all the way up. What’s more, they even lingered inside Yunga Rinpoche’s retreat room for hours, only dispersing when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stepped out of the room.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reinstated  and has been exclusively sponsoring the traditional annual Mani Puja at the Drikung Thel Monastery, in which 250 lamas chant the Mani Mantra 24 hours a day for 45 consecutive days.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche exclusively sponsored the gold foil adorning the Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha statue in the Jokhang Temple.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sponsored the largest puja held in Qinghai since Lord Jigten Sumgon left.  Over 100 Rinpoches, 4,000 lamas and 80,000 believers attended the grand puja.

● Almost 1,000 people attended the Sakyamuni Empowerment Puja which was organized by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and performed by Most Venerable Chenga Rinpoche.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche organized the Great Avalokiteshvara’s Six Syllable Mantra Chanting Puja for Pure Land, performed by Most Venerable Drubwang Norbu Rinpoche in Taipei. Over 4,000 people came to the two sessions spanning two days. During the puja, Most Venerable Drubwang Rinpoche openly praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for being a rare practitioner of great root capacity.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche organized the Usnisa-sitatapatra Empowerment Puja, performed by Lhochen Rinpoche which over 1,500 people attended.

● During the worldwide SARS epidemic, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never stopped holding pujas in Taiwan, even during the country’s period of epidemic control . It was no coincidence that all who had attended the pujas were safe and sound. Additionally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed tantric practices to cure SARS patients.

● The Douliou City Chapter of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center was established and Lhochen Rinpoche was invited to co-officiate the inauguration ceremony along with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

2004

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche successfully completed his sixth retreat at Jangchubling Monastery in India.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led 200 disciples to Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha Sakyamuni and attended the inauguration ceremony of the Lotus Stupa of the Drikung Kagyu Order as well as the Monkey Year Teachings. During the ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche offered His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang a 3 kg pure gold statue of Lord Jigten Sumgon.

● His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang came to Taiwan, accompanied by a group of Rinpoches and lamas, to preside over the inauguration ceremony of the new puja venue of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. During the ceremony, at the request of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciples, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang composed the Long Life Prayer for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche traveled to Qinghai and visited a great practitioner of the Drikung Kagyu, The Venerable Khacho Wangmo, a 114-year-old nun who predicted that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would have successful Dharma activities and that his wishes would be fulfilled. In Qinghai, the Dharma protectors, taking on the forms of a white horse standing on the river bank and a golden hamster perched on a precipice, welcomed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. While traveling alongside a river, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche kept reciting mantras to bless the dragons. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pointed to a mountaintop in the distance and said that there were precious relics in it. Additionally, at a geographically perfect location, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche got out of the car and saw the remarkable sight of two auspicious red lights symmetrically lined up on both sides of the horizons. Upon arrival at each monastery, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was welcomed by a group of monks who performed the honor rites with the utmost reverence, such as the burning of pine branches, the waving of khatas, the playing of musical instruments, the holding of the precious ceremonial umbrella and a parade. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered the monasteries, the lamas offered mandalas and recited the Long Life Prayer for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche organized the puja for The Great Amitabha Empowerment and Vajrasattva Practice for Transferring Consciousness, performed by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche.  More than 1,300 people attended.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche organized the puja for Great Padmasambhava and Usnisa-sitatapatra Group Practice, conducted by Lhochen Rinpoche. After the practice session, Lhochen Rinpoche played a video illustrating his practices at a sacred lake in Qinghai. These remarkable images authenticated the past life of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as a great terton of Drikung Kagyu.

2005

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche perfectly completed his seventh retreat at Jangchubling Monastery in India. Before going to the retreat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had attended the memorial puja for Gurus Milarepa and Marpa and the inauguration ceremony of the newly built college of the Drikung Kagyu for tantric studies. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang pointed out the karmic conditions for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s retreat were good. Additionally, the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang addressed him as “Rinpoche” in front of many other Rinpoches of the lineage. At the inauguration ceremony, His Holiness personally led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, His Holiness Taglung Shabdrung, Gyabra Tritsab Rinpoche, and Tonpa Rinpoche to light the lamps as an offering to the Buddhas and then performed the inauguration rituals.

● In Qinghai, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the first ngakpa Rinpoche in the past hundred years to receive the Terma Empowerment of the Eight Major Herukas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received the lineage of this precious practice on behalf of ngakpa practitioners and it was also the first time for the practice to be transmitted within a Han occupied area of China. Many auspicious signs appeared, such as earthquakes, hailstone showers, lightning, and roaring thunder, all of which were evidence of the presence of the Vajra Protectors during this extraordinary puja.

● When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche visited Venerable Khacho Wangmo who at that time was 115 years old, and prostrated himself in front of her, snowflakes fell from the clear blue sky. While in the retreat room of Venerable Khacho Wangmo, a Dharma protector taking the form of a white eagle hovered in mid-air to welcome Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.  During the journey there were an abundance of auspicious signs, a solar halo that symbolizes the backlight of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and a group of dakinis taking the form of vultures that walked in procession to welcome Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

● During a visit to Most Venerable Yunga Rinpoche in Tibet, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received the empowerment of a tantric practice, as well as its text, and thereby became the holder of the practice. Furthermore, Most Venerable Yunga Rinpoche confirmed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had attained the Siddhi of Spranbrala Yoga in Mahamudra practice. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the only Han Rinpoche to have ever received any tantric empowerment from Yunga Rinpoche.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche financially supported His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang’s visit to Yushu, Qinghai to conduct a puja. The Tibetan people in the area had not seen Drikung Kyabgon for hundreds of years.  Without the support of other centers, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche paid all of the expenses, including airfare, accommodations, and an offering to His Holiness.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness.  About 5,000 people attended. Among them were 28 Geshes, Khenpos and lamas from different lineages, who joined the event on their own initiative. At the completion of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche donated a total of 4.52 million NTD to the Ministry of the Interior for social welfare, 1 million NTD from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and 3.52 million NTD from the believers and the disciples.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche commissioned several very important projects in Qinghai:

  1. Making a great thangka of Sakyamuni.
  2. Engraving Tripitaka on stones.
  3. Building the world largest statue of Yamantaka.
  4. Constructing the Jigten Sumgon Memorial Library.

● Along with His Holiness Taglung Shabdrung Rinpoche and four distinguished Rinpoches as well as other Rinpoches, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received the Hevajra empowerment and teachings from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang at Jangchubling Monastery in India for one month.

2006

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche perfectly completed his eighth retreat at the Jangchubling Monastery in India. Before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered the retreat room, an auspicious sign of clouds resembling the Garuda appeared in the sky. Upon completion of the retreat, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang shook hands with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and touched Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s forehead with his own.

● His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang granted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche an important Dharma instrument for the practice of Chod. This symbolized that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had received the lineage of Chod directly from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accompanied His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang on a trip to New Zealand to propagate Buddhism.

● At the request of believers , Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche visited the Netherlands to spread Buddhism.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche organized a puja for His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche to transmit the Bodhichitta teachings as well as the White Tara empowerment.

● His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang said, “Yen (Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s family name) Rinpoche is the best disciple I have ever had. His achievements in practicing Buddha Dharma come so naturally to him. He has been learning and cultivating outstandingly. The prominent position of Yen Rinpoche is very obvious from the fact that Yen Rinpoche was allowed to sit beside and walk with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang during the great teachings held this year and last year. Moreover, during the Hevajra Empowerment Puja held last year, Yen Rinpoche was one of six Rinpoches, including two Holinesses and other great Rinpoches who acted as representatives in offering and receiving empowerment. Furthermore, on the official website of the Drikung, the new position of Yen Rinpoche had also been announced!”

● Once more, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche visited Qinghai for the preparation of the Jigten Sumgon Memorial Library.

● Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led 500 disciples to India for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s birthday and provided financial support for the celebrations. The local Indian governor joined the event. During the Amitayus Puja, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang bestowed a Gampopa Hat  and a Five Dhyani Buddhas Conch upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who then put on the hat and offered a mandala to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. The Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang then personally instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to engrave the golden Drikung treasured vase and auspicious clouds onto the hat. This would indicate that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had attained the Siddhi that made him eligible for propagating all the teachings of the Kagyu sects. Furthermore, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang openly praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saying,

● “Yen (Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s family name) Rinpoche is the best among my disciples. His center is the most successful one as well. It’s a fact witnessed by every one of us that he has accomplished what many other Rinpoches of the Drikung Kagyu have failed to do. His accomplishments are greater than those of many other Rinpoches.”  His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang later added, “I trust that Yen Rinpoche’s activities can benefit a great many sentient beings. I feel that we will always be together, and we will benefit even more sentient beings on the Buddhist path.”

● On August 13, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness, which was attended by over 10,000 people. Upon the perfect completion of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche donated over 4.68 million NTD to the Ministry of the Interior for social welfare services and benefits for people with disabilities.

● After the Prime Minister of India was invited last year,  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received an unprecedented invitation to speak on October 29, 2006 as a guru of Tibetan Buddhism at the renowned M. G. N. School in a Sikh community in northern India. A local journalist commented that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was their most precious gift from heaven.

● On December 1, 2006, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led more than 50 disciples to pay a visit to Most Venerable Yunga Rinpoche, one of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s root gurus. In addition to presenting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with a statue of Manjushri, Yunga Rinpoche also predicted, “the merits and virtues of all the Buddhas of the three times and ten directions are within Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche,” and “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is capable of liberating all sentient beings in the Six Realms.” So far, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the only Han Rinpoche to have received any tantric empowerment from Yunga Rinpoche.

2007

● In February, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted an Avalokiteshvara Puja for the Sikh community in northern India. Five hundred people attended the puja with reverence and joy. A Sikh elder even invited Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to visit them twice a year in order to guide the people with Buddhist teachings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also performed the Great Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness in Gurgoan, a city near New Delhi, and benefited countless beings.

● On April 16, 2007, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang officially empowered Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to propagate Buddhism all over the world on behalf of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. It was written in the authorization letter from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, “The most Venerable Yen Chen-How Rinpoche (Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche) is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism Drikung Kagyu Lineage’s Ridna Shiri Center in Taipei. Yen Chen-How Rinpoche has sincerely practiced under the guidance of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang for 20 years, and also is a strong supporter of Drikung Kagyu’s various projects. Yen Chen-How Rinpoche (Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche) is very experienced and capable to teach the Buddha Dharma even abroad. Therefore he is entrusted to propagate Buddhism all over the world on behalf of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. I pray that his Dharma activities will bring prosperity of Buddhism in this world and benefit many sentient beings.”

●From May to August of 2007, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform a three-month retreat with him, on the holy mountain of Lapchi where Milarepa performed retreats in the past. Upon perfect completion of the retreat, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang personally led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in performing the Fire Pujas for 3 days and endowed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with a new Dharma name “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche” which means “Treasure Vajra Rinpoche”.

● In mid-August, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led about 300 disciples to Leh, Ladakh, in northern India and attended the Pig Year Teachings of Drikung Kagyu, which is held every twelve years at Phyang Monastery. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang presided over the inspiring teachings and was always accompanied by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, which was a great example of a disciple’s utmost reverence and dedication to his guru.

● On September 9, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness. Over 10,000 people attended this great puja. Upon the successful completion of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche donated over 4.89 million NTD to the Ministry of the Interior for social welfare and benefits for people with disabilities.

● At the end of October, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led over 50 disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to visit Nepal to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Drikung Kagyu Rinchen Palri Monastery, a new monastery of the Drikung Kagyu in Balambu, Kathmandu.

● In mid-December 2007, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led more than 300 disciples and believers to Kyoto, Japan. As requested by the President of the Sagano Scenic Railway, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the first ever Chod Puja on the scenic railway. This was not only the very first Chod Puja in the history of Tibetan Buddhism to be performed on a moving train, but also in the history of the world. On the morning of the puja, a rare solar halo appeared in the sky. During the Chod Puja, an auspicious image of the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva appeared in the sky. All of these signs symbolized the grand aspirations and boundless compassion, transcending time and space, that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche possesses towards all sentient beings.

2008

● On April 13, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the auspicious Vajrasattva Empowerment Puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taiwan. During the puja Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche descended the throne and personally bestowed individual blessings upon  almost 1,000 disciples and believers in attendance.

● On May 6, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to India to personally welcome His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to Taiwan. At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had tea and chatted with all the Rinpoches, Khenpos, lamas and disciples from the Drikung Kagyu centers in Taiwan. Furthermore, on behalf of all the Rinpoches, Khenpos, lamas and disciples of the Drikung Kagyu centers in Taiwan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche besought His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to pray for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake and the typhoon in Myanmar. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang mercifully granted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s wish and led the attendees in chanting mantras for the victims and their relatives.

● In mid-May, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, accompanied by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, was interviewed on the TV program Lighting the Lamp. A streaming video of the program is now available from CTS online video on demand. During the program, an introduction of the Songtsen Library, which was founded by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, was given. The interview also provided insight into His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s current work with the historical manuscripts found in Dunhuang for an upcoming book on Tibetan history. Also the close communion of a lama and his disciple was specifically brought to light. The essence of the Buddhist doctrine, such as the impermanence of life, causes and conditions, and the Six Paramitas, were elaborated as well.

● His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang conferred the Authorization Letter (dated May 19), “For the religious activities in Japan, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang specially appointed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to host the Bao-Ji-Shang (Glorious Jewel) Buddhism Cultural Exchange Center for Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism in Japan.

● On May 20, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, accompanied by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, left Taipei to visit all of the Drikung Kagyu centers around Taiwan, including the Douliou City chapter of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. His Holiness mercifully gave teachings and blessings at each center for the benefit of all sentient beings.

● On May 29, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, accompanied by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, traveled to Kyoto, Japan, to preside over the inauguration ceremony of the new Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. This was not only the first Buddhist center of the Drikung Kagyu Order, but also the first Buddhist center from any of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism to be established in Japan. There were around 100 attendees including local Japanese guests, guests from India and Taiwan, and disciples from the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taiwan. His Holiness specially presented Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with a sutra and a statue of the Buddha Amitayus from the sacred land of Lapchi in Nepal. The arrival of the statue symbolized the arrival of the Buddha Amitayus and the establishment of the nearly 1,000 year-old lineage of Drikung Kagyu in Japan. After the ceremony, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in performing a sublime and remarkable Fire Puja in the new venue to benefit all beings in the universe.

● In June, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche followed His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s instruction to create and launch a Chinese version of the official website of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism.

● The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the first Chod Puja in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan on Aug. 16, 2008. There were around 80 people who attended this puja, including local believers from Japan and the disciples from Taiwan. This was the second Chod Puja led by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in Japan after the first Chod held on the Sagano Sight-seeing Tram in Kyoto in Dec. 2007.

● On August 31 in Taipei Arena, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche successfully conducted “The Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness” for the fourth time. There were up to 14,000 attendees, including 31 khenpos, lamas, and nuns from the Drikung Kyagu, Drukpa kargyu, Nyingma, and Gelug Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, six monks and nuns of Exoteric Buddhism, and believers who travelled from Japan, the United States, Canada, Holland, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, and India. Upon the perfect completion of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche contributed a personal offering and all the attendees’ offerings, exceeding 4.16 million NTD to the Ministry of the Interior for social welfare to help the disadvantaged and needy. This would enable sentient beings to widely connect with virtuous conditions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s total donation for four years added up to 18 million NTD.

● On November 7, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led nearly 200 disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to the M.G.N. Public School Kapurthala, the most famous school in the Punjab province of northern India, where Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was again invited to be the honored guest of the school under their Annual Prize Distribution Function. After delivering a speech at the 2008 Annual Function, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche prayed for all people present, and also led four lamas, two nuns, and 50 disciples in a particularly touching recitation of the “Aspiration Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Land.”

● On November 9, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the auspicious Chod Puja in Jalandhar, the famous major city in the Sikh region of northern India, which was attended by  more than 250 Indians as well as nearly 200 disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taiwan. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s root guru, specially sent four lamas to present a precious umbrella, a Dharma throne, a Dharma tablecloth, a cloth for the back of the throne, Dharma musical instruments, and a small table from Ladakh to help organize the puja. This was the first Buddhist puja (for both Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism) that was held in a major Sikh region, and it was attended by many of the local Indian people, especially the Sikhs, who also participated in the entire puja and reverently listened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings. The unprecedented success of this puja was due to  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s selfless mercy and compassion and due to the marvelous power of Buddha Dharma to benefit a myriad of sentient beings and to overcome barriers of race, region, language, and culture.

● From November 11 to 15, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led disciples to attend the Annual World Peace Prayer Gathering as well as the teaching and the pith instruction of the Ganges Mahamudra (Mahamudra Upadesha, phyag chen gang ga ma) held by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in Jangchubling Monastery. To show respect for the lineage’s precious teachings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche specially led nearly 200 disciples from Taiwan to listen to the teaching and the pith instruction of the Ganges Mahamudra taught by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, signifying that the Dharma Wheel turns eternally. At the beginning of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not only made the mandala offering but also an offering of a rare and precious crystal ball and a valuable Thanka to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. The clarity,  brightness, and the perfection of the crystal ball, measuring 150mm in diameter, symbolizes the true meaning of Mahamudra. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang immediately placed the crystal ball on the Dharma table. After the completion of the Teachings, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang specially praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in Tibetan, Chinese, and English in front of the attendees representing several different countries, “Simply speaking, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the abbot of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, has been my root disciple for more than 20 years, since we met in 1988. From then on, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has faithfully and continuously contributed to the lineage. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has also made generous donations to restore the golden roofs of Drikung Thil Monastery, the primary monastery of Drikung Kagyu Lineage in Tibet, supported the monasteries and the Songtsen Library in Jangchubling, India, and greatly helped and made offerings to those Drikung Kagyu’s monasteries and the retreat centers where there was need. As long as any Drikung Kagyu is in need, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be of help. Therefore, now I would like to praise his great support of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. Also, here the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, led by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, have worked very hard and participated very piously. More than 1,000 lamps for the Annual World Peace Prayer Gathering were also brought from Taiwan by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciples. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been assisting with both large and small matters for the Driikung Kagyu Lineage. I’m here to express my thanks and to give Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche a khata. Amitabha!”

● On December 20, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the auspicious Buddha Amitayus Puja in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan. There were more than 140 people in attendance, including local guests and believers from Japan and India, and guests and disciples from Taiwan. On May 29, 2008, during the inauguration ceremony of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s root guru, bestowed upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche a statue of Buddha Amitayus from the sacred land of Lapchi in Nepal to symbolize the arrival of Buddha Amitayus. Therefore, the Buddha Amitayus Puja, conducted for first time by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto was especially meaningful for the continuation of the lineage.

2009

● On January 31, 2009, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the “Black Water Jambhala Dharma” in the morning and the “Elephant Jambhala Dharma” in the afternoon at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan. Eighty-five people attended including local believers from Japan and Australia as well as disciples from Taiwan.

● In March, 2009, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche perfectly completed the tenth retreat in Jangchubling, India. This time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led 51 disciples to conduct their seven-day retreat practice.

● On May 29 and 30, 2009, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the dedication puja to celebrate the anniversary of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan. On May 29, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the rituals of the Lamp Offering Prayer Chapter Two, Jewell Self-Born Lamp Offering, and Lama Chopa. On May 30, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the auspicious Fire Puja. There wer e totals of 129 and 131 people, respectively, who attended these pujas including local believers and guests, believers and guests from Taiwan, guests from India, and disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taiwan.

● On August 16, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious Chod Puja of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism  at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan. The puja was attended by a total of 108 people, including local Japanese believers and disciples from Taiwan.

● At noon on September 9th, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received Master Noritake Shuunan (the Abbot of Reiun-in Temple of the Myōshin-ji of Rinzai Zen Buddhism in Kyoto, Japan), Minamikei Okajima (a resident nun from the Honko-ji of the Myōshin-ji of Rinzai Zen Buddhism), the Master Xuan Shu (one of Abbot Noritake Shuunan’s disciples in Taiwan), and the accompanying dignitaries at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei. Master Noritake Shuunan affirmed that Tibetan Buddhism is extraordinary. And after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching , he said to the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, “You are very fortunate!”

● In September, the Chinese edition of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s marvelous book entitled Happiness and Suffering was published. To this date, the book has been accepted into the collections of the Library of Congress in the United States, Harvard-Yenching Library of Harvard University, C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University, Kroch Library of Cornell University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library of Johns Hopkins University, Humanities Library of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and C.V. Starr East Asian Library of University of California at Berkeley.

● Prior to writing this book, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche implored his root guru, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, for advice and to write the foreword for the book. His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche granted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s plea since His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang realized immediately after reading this book that it contains great written prajna (wisdom) and, on behalf of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, agreed that it would benefit all sentient beings.  Furthermore, everyone can learn a great deal from its simple words because it has been blessed by the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and the Drikung Lineage. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not only carefully edited the contents of this book, but also personally designed the cover of the book, which symbolizes the profound state and significance of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s cultivation. This 240-page book is filled with concise yet deep meaning.  It has received tremendous praise from the day it was published. Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike all benefit from the extraordinary wisdom of this great practitioner. People everywhere will be able to face all of life’s happiness and suffering with a more positive attitude.  Up until January 2010, more than 15,000 copies have been sold.

● On October 4, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism for the fifth time.  There were over 13,000 people who attended, including Taiwanese disciples and believers, 14 ordained practitioners from Exoteric Buddhism, and 18 Khenpos and lamas of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and the Nyingma Lineage from Qinghai and Yunnan, as well as those who made a special trip from Australia, Japan, India, France, the Philippines, and Canada. During this puja, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang donated 2 million NTD in cash to the Ministry of the Interior through his heart son, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, for the Typhoon Morakot Disaster Reconstruction Fund. Subsequently, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also donated another 2 million NTD in cash plus 4.23 million NTD offered by the attendees of the puja, 6.23 million NTD in total, to the Typhoon Morakot Disaster Recovery Fund. A total of 8.23 million NTD was donated to the Post-Disaster Recovery Funds. The Ministry of the Interior sent a letter of appreciation to express their gratitude to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Between 2005 and 2009, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche donated a sum of 240 million NTD, and each year the Ministry of the Interior sent a letter of appreciation to thank the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

● On November 9 and 10, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led 366 disciples to Kathmandu, Nepal to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Drikung Kagyu Rinchenling Monastery and the Empowerment Puja of Parna Shabari, both of which were personally presided over by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Before the ceremony and the empowerment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche followed the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang closely when arriving at the venue. During the ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was invited to sit on a sofa arranged solely for him at the middle of the first row among the attendees, directly across from the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Upon the perfect completion of the ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was invited to his personal quarters in the monastery to have lunch. During the empowerment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was seated in the first row of the Mandala, very close to the Dharma throne of the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. After the completion of the empowerment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the only one who accompanied the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang when leaving the venue. At the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s instruction, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accompanied the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to Chetsang Rinpoche’s quarters. Many Rinpoches in the lineage, such as Nupa Rinpoche, Rasbsang Rinpoche and Nyizong Sopa Rinpoche, lamas, and believers came to pay their respects to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in his personal quarters. All of these incidents speak to the fact that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the heart son of  the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained great accomplishments and high status within the lineage. In addition to attending the inauguration ceremony, at the request of his root guru His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche arranged for Dr. Kou, the chief doctor of Chinese Medicine at the Glorious Jewel Clinic in Taipei, Taiwan, to provide a two-day free clinic at the the Rinchenling Monastery for 45 ordained practitioners, including 43 nuns and two lamas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not only financed the free clinic but also instructed the clinic to offer the best quality Chinese herbs available. In the evening, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche inquired after the health of those who came to the free clinic, which demonstrated how much Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cared for those ordained practitioners. Moreover, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also planned in advance for their follow-up care and medications.  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always carried out this type of careful planning and arrangement quietly, and never expecting anything in return.

● On November 15, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted an auspicious puja for the Longevity Buddha at the Regent Park Hotel of Jarlandar in the Punjab Province of northern India. There were 482 attendees, including 320 local Indian believers (among them were 20 people from the hotel who specifically requested to participate after they learned about such an auspicious puja) and 144 disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taiwan. This was the third time since 2007 that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had presided over a Tibetan Buddhist puja of Drikung Kagyu in this major city in the Sikh region to benefit all sentient beings. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang specially sent three lamas to bring a Dharma throne, musical instruments, a Dharma table from Jangchubling in northern India to help with setting up the Mandala, the embellishment of the throne and the rituals of the puja. Additionally, Khenpo Namdol also came from the Yunnan Province in China to assist in the puja. The gyaling and dungchen (Tibetan long trumpet) brought by three lamas from Jangchubling in northern India had been used by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang when presiding over pujas. Additionally, the Dharma table used in this puja had been His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s  personal table.  This proves that Rinpoche Dorjee Rinpoche is indeed the heart son of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and that he has achieved great accomplishments and high status within the lineage.

● On December 26, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the auspicious “Dorje Phurba” Puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan. There were a total of 109 people in attendance, including 21 local guests and believers, one Japanese disciple, 11 believers and 76 disciples from Taiwan. While reciting the mantras in the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s extremely deep voice sounded like roaring thunder. With furrowed brows, bulging eyes, an open mouth and fierce facial expressions, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche resembled the wrathful form of Dorje Phurba which served as an auspicious sign that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was closely attuned to the Yidam.

2010

● On February 20, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed practices of Black Water Jambhala and Elephant Jambhala at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan. This auspicious puja was attended by 82 people, including Japanese dignitaries, believers, and disciples from the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taiwan.

● From March 21 to 28, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed his 11th retreat at Jangchubling Monastery, Dehra Dun. During this retreat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche brought 13 disciples with him to practice retreat under his guidance.

● On May 2, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche invited His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, who is a high Rinpoche in the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and used to be the Regent in his previous lifetime, to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei. The present believers and disciples were bestowed with very important Buddhist teachings as well as advice.

● On May 22, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed auspicious practices of Guru Puja and lamp offering. The puja was attended by 125 people, including dignitaries and believers from Japan and India, Japanese disciples, believers and disciples from Taiwan.

● May 23, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the Fire Puja, an auspicious and rare tantric practice, at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Kyoto, Japan. The puja was attended by 132 people, including dignitaries and believers from Japan and India, Japanese disciples, Taiwanese dignitaries, Taiwanese believers and Taiwanese disciples .

● In June, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang traveled to Taiwan at the imploration of his heart son, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, to preside over the auspicious Grand 793rd Anniversary Memorial Puja of Lord Jigten Sumgön of Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon stayed in Taiwan for almost a month. On June 3, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche particularly went to Malaysia to receive his Three Grace Root Guru, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to Taiwan to preside over The Grand 793rd Anniversary Memorial Puja of Lord Jigten Sumgön of Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

● On June 4, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang held a press conference with major Taiwanese press and TV media reporters at the banquet hall of the Landis Hotel, Taipei. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rabasang Rinpoche, Khenpos, lamas, and tens of disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center were present on the occasion and listened reverently. The conference was broadcasted by major TV media, including China Television, TVBS-N, and CTI-News on the same day and news coverage about the conference was seen on the newspapers the next day.

● On June 6, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang presided over The 793rd Anniversary Lord Jigten Sumgon Memorial Grand Puja at the Taipei Arena in Taiwan. Under the direction of the Ministry of the Interior, this grand puja was hosted by Drikung Kagyu Order and the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center was appointed to coordinate the event.  Up to 14,000 people attended the puja. There were seven Rinpoches and three Khenpoes of Drikung Kagyu Order attended this puja, including Tritsab Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Bhumang Rinpoche, Senge Tenzin Rinpoche, Rasbsang Rinpoche, Yeshi Rinpoche and Palme Khyentse Rinpoche. The puja was also attended by four Khenpos, including Khenpo Namdol, Khenpo Yeshi and Khenpo Tsultrim from Drikung Kagyu and Nagwanjeema from Sakya. Additionally, 21 ordained lamas and anis from Drikung Kagyu, Karma Kagyu, Barom Kagyu, and Sakya, and 44 ordained practitioners of Exoteric Buddhism also participated in the event. The attendee-believers were from Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippens, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, India, Tibet, Thailand, the US, Canada, Germany, France, Holland, Australia and Sweden. This was the second time His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang performed a grand puja in Taiwan with more than 10,000 attendees, following the puja, also attended by more than 10,000 people, that was held on June 30th of 2002 at Taoyuan County Stadium and had been earnestly pleaded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for holding the puja. Like pujas over the years that were held by the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and presided by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the admission and lamp-lighting were both free of charge for this grand puja. Under the guidance of, and instructed by, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the entire cost of this grand puja was supported totally by members of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Culture Exchange Association.

● On June 13, at His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s invitation, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Three Grace Root Guru, attended a tea party at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, and bestowed the Buddhist teachings upon the disciples.

● On June 30, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang finished his trip to Taiwan for his World Dharma Tour 2010 and departed from Taiwan on an evening flight. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s heart son, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, personally accompanied His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to the airport and escorted His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang all the way to the departure lounge. Many Rinpoches, lamas, believers of Drikung Kagyu Lineage in Taiwan, and 400 disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center reverently saw His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang off at the Taiwan Taoyuan Airport.

● On August 16, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Kyoto, Japan. The puja was attended by 133 people, including believers and disciples from Japan and Taiwan. On the eve of the puja, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the disciples who went to Japan for the puja to practice Dharma Protector Achi and recite the Six Syllable Mantra, dedicating all the merits and virtues to the puja.

● On October 3, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the annual auspicious “Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses of Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism” at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. This was the sixth great puja Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has presided in Taiwan and this year’s event was attended by 20,000 people, including believers who particularly traveled from Japan, Hong Kong, Holland, France, India, New Zealand, Australia, the U.S., Britain, Canada, the Philippines, Brazil, Mainland China and so forth. At perfect completion of the puja, in the presence of a lawyer, an accountant, and bank representatives, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche donated all the offerings from attendees, around 6 million NTD, to the Ministry of the Interior for charitable and social welfare services. Furthermore, upon perfecting the practice, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went around the venue, standing on an electric vehicle, so as to bestow blessings upon all the attendees by means of nectar, purifying their body, speech, and mind. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took as long as 40 minutes to give blessings and sprinkled pure and clean nectar over the waiting participants with a hand-held bundle made up of auspicious grass. Although the bundle was heavily loaded with nectar, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche kept on sprinkling in order to fulfill all participants’ wishes and did not care a bit about his own wellbeing. It was a very solemn and touching scene.

● From November 27 to December 5, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led over 60 disciples to New Zealand. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and his disciples particularly paid a visit to the Milarepa Retreat Center, which was being constructed and supervised by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Three Grace Root Guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also invited His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to take a trip to Southern Island, New Zealand, thereby bestowing blessings and protection upon the land and the sentient beings.

● On December 1, when His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and the over 60 disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center were having the lunch in Queenstown, the south island of New Zealand, local journalists particularly came to the restaurant to request an interview with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and the disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center regarding the purpose and itinerary of their trip to New Zealand. The next day, the local newspapers of “The Southland Times” and “Mountain Scene” both had coverage for the event with pictures of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s lama attendants. The newspapers titled His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon as an important “Buddhist leader”, and revealed that the Milarepa Retreat Center of the Drikung Kagyu Order was being established under the supervision of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang with the support of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. What’s more, they even reported the fact that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has cured a lot of cancer patients with Buddha-Dharma without the help of medication and many people also escaped death with his help.

● On December 30, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious Chod Puja of Drikung Kagyu at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Dou-Liu City, Yunlin County. The puja was attended by nearly 360 people, including believers and disciples.

2011

● On January 3, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed auspicious practices of Thirty-Five Buddhas Repentance Ceremony and Dorje Phurba at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan. The puja was attended by 184 people, including Japanese believers, Indian believers, New Zealander believers, a Japanese disciple, Taiwanese disciples, and Taiwanese believers.

● From April 25th to April 28th, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led fifty-two disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to New Zealand to pay homage to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s three-grace root guru, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and to visit the Milarepa Retreat Center of the Drikung Kagyu Order, being under construction and being supervised by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also invited His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to visit tourist-sights near the Milarepa Retreat Center.  On April 27, 2011, while fifty-two disciples were waiting reverently for His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to arrive, they were amazed to see dozens of grazing cattle, which had originally been scattered on the hill, move toward the hedge around the road, quietly lining up, and facing the road, to wait for His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Seeing the cattle showing such respect to a great Dharma practitioner, the disciples felt ashamed that they were inferior, compared to the cattle, in this regard.

● On May 25, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the Guru Yoga Puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan.  It was attended by 172 people, including Japanese disciples and believers, Indian VIP guests and Taiwanese believers and disciples.  In addition, on May 28, Most Venerable Rinchen Dorjee presided over an auspicious Acalanatha Fire Puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan.  The total in attendance for this puja was 187.

● On June 25, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held and presided over The 794th Anniversary Lord Jigten Sumgon Memorial Grand Puja, with 3,200 attendees, at the Taipei International Convention Center in Xinyi District, Taipei. In early 2011, in hopes to continue the tradition and uphold the Lineage, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made a special trip to New Zealand to pay homage to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and pleaded for holding the successive grand memorial puja to The 793rd Anniversary Lord Jigten Sumgon Memorial Grand Puja, held by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang on June 6, 2010, attended by 14,000 people. Thereby, being granted permission by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held and presided over The 794th Anniversary Lord Jigten Sumgon Memorial Grand Puja.  Prior to this puja, the head of the Ministry of the Interior, Mr. Jiang, had specially presented Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with a scroll. The scroll’s Chinese characters, “Fu You Qun Li” (“bestows virtues on all people”), praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s virtues in the propagation of Buddhism. The Chairman of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission had also presented Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with a central scroll featuring Chinese characters “Yuan Man Cheng Gong” (“perfection and success”) to express his wishes for a perfectly performed puja.

● On August 14, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Seventh Drikung Kagyu Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in the Taipei World Trade Center. The puja was successfully completed. Over 22,000 people participated in the event, including 7 ordained monastics from Tibetan Buddhism ( Rinpoche,  Geshe, and  lamas from the Gelug Order, as well as  Khenpos and lamas from the Drikung Kagyu Order), 18 Bhikkhus (male monastics), 53 Bhikkhunis (female monastics), and believers who traveled from Japan, France, India, China, Holland, Britain, the United States, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and so forth. The President of the Republic of China, Mr. Ma Yingjeou, as well as the Secretary-General to the President, Mr. Wu Jinlin, had presented flower baskets as gifts. The baskets bore the phrase “Perfect Success” to express wishes for the Seventh Drikung Kagyu Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness, presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, to be perfectly auspicious, and to widely benefit endless beings with merits. At the completion of the auspicious Amitabha Puja for transferring the consciousness of myriads of sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not rest at all, but continued to move around the entire venue on an electric car, personally sprinkling nectar water with a handheld bunch of Kusha-grass so as to cleanse and bless all the attendees. The attendees saw that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, regardless of his own well-being, exerted effort for the sentient beings’ benefit. They were all immensely moved and continued to applaud to express their gratitude. At completion of the Grand Puja and in the presence of representatives from the Department of Social Affairs, a lawyer, and bank representatives, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche donated over 6.13 million NTD, offered by the puja attendees, to the Ministry of the Interior’s Department of Social Affairs for charitable social services, thus enabling the attendees to form virtuous karmic connections with sentient beings.

● On August 16, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious puja, performing the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha Ritual for Ending Calamities and the Chod, at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan.  A total of 191 people, including Japanese and Indian believers and Japanese and Taiwanese disciples, attended the auspicious puja.

● On September 17, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led 226 disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to Tibet and had an audience with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang. Furthermore, on September 18, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the disciples to visit the Drikung Thil Monastery. At the entrance of the monastery, the general director of Drikung Thil Monastery enthusiastically and reverently greeted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also led the disciples to perform the Vajrasattva Dharma in the main hall and the ritual of Dharma Protector Achi in the Dharma Protector Hall. At that moment, the sky showed an auspicious sign. The sun shone, and it rained and snowed at the same time. Many big black vultures also hovered above the Dharma Protector Hall. These signs symbolized that the Gods, Nagas, and Dharma Protectors praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s immense merits of benefiting countless sentient beings.

● On November 10, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Dorje Phurba Puja at the most respectful request and invitation from the local Sikh believers in Jalandhar, a city located in the Punjab Province of northern India.  Although that day did not fall on a weekend holiday, there were 308 Indian VIP guests, 7 believers and 250 disciples from Taiwan.  The total in attendance was 565.  There were also 4 lamas who made a special trip from Jangchubling to assist in setting up and preparing for the puja.  During the puja, there was an earthquake, an auspicious sign. The attendees felt that the ground shook twice. They were amazed and all praised the extraordinary puja.

On November 12 and November 13, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, leading disciples, traveled to the Jangchubling Monastery at Dehradun in the northern India to attend the Winter Teachings of the Drikung Kagyu Order, and be transmitted the Hevajra empowerment. On November 11, at around 6 o’clock in the evening, when the car, with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in it, turned from the main road to Songtsen Library, Lama Yanpei, who is the attendant of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang; Puka, secretary of Jangchubling Monastery; and lama Konchog Chönyi, from Phiyang Monastery in Ladakh, greeted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and presented a Khadak scarf. After 10 minutes of driving the car arrived at the Songtsen Library. Khenpo Rangdol, who is the Principal of Kagyu College; lama Bili , who is the general director of Jangchubling Monastery, and Lama Tsulwang came to receive Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They also presented a Khadak scarf. The reception for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was held in the style for a great Rinpoche.  On both days, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s car arrived at the entrance to the Jangchubling monastery, lama Bili, the general director of Jangchubling Monastery, greeted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The lama made the offering of Khadak scarf and personally accompanied Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to enter the venue. On November 13, the day of the Puja, the Abbot of the Jangchubling Monastery, His Eminence Trisab Gyabra Rinpoche, walked down from the mandala and personally invited Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to take a seat on the mandala. At the request of Garchen Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was seated at the second highest seat on the left side of Garchen Rinpoche, the presiding guru.

At the commencement of the afternoon program of November 13, it had been arranged that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the first one leading his ordained, as well as laity, disciples, to present the mandala and offerings for the presiding guru, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. While presenting the mandala, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also presented, as gifts, five hundred DVDs of the 793rd Anniversary Drikung Kagyu Lord Jigten Sumgon Memorial Grand Puja, presided by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang at the Taipei Arena in 2010. The DVDs were brought from Taiwan especially, to be given to ordained participants and believers. The DVDs were distributed by lamas. Before the end of the puja, lamas distributed some Indian rupees, provided by Garchen Rinpoche, to every attendee. With much compassion, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately instructed every disciple to collect back all rupees they received, and made it an offering to the presiding guru Garchen Rinpoche. Before concluding the teachings, Garchen Rinpoche presented a bag of nectar pills to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At once, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed that the bag of nectar pills was to be distributed in all to the disciples who attended the teachings.

At the completion of the teachings at the Jangchubling Monastery, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to seek an audience with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. In order to attend to the needs of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche grabbed a cushion and simply sat on the floor beside the throne of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, naturally revealing his circumspect and reverence towards the guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche expressed his unsurpassed reverence and obedience towards His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, attending to the guru’s needs without distractions. Rinchen Dojree Rinpoche himself was truly the best example to follow for a disciple on how to attend to his guru.

● From November 13 to November 19, under the directions of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche perfectly completed his twelfth retreat at Jangchubling. Upon the perfect completion of the retreat, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately paid homage, and offered all the virtues and merits accumulated during the retreat, to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Just as His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was coming out of the retreat, the Sun all of a sudden broke through the thick and heavy clouds, which being changed and formed into the shape of a dragon, an auspicious sign. The Sun’s golden light shone in all directions, just like Buddha’s illumination over the world, presenting an auspicious sign of perfect completion of the retreat for the great practitioner.

● On December 31, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Chod and Buddha Amitayus Rituals at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan.  A total of 200 people, including Japanese VIP guests, Japanese and Taiwanese disciples and believers from Taiwan, attended this auspicious puja.

2012

● On January 1, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche opened a set of the precious Lung Tripitaka by breaking the seal, put it on display on the mandala, and bestowed it with blessings through mantra chanting in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan. On the same day, in the venue of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei, ordained disciples, following the directions of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, opened a set of the precious Lung Tripitaka, put it on display on the mandala, and led the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in reciting the Lotus Sutra. This set of the Lung Tripitaka is a photocopy of the Lung Tripitaka, carefully kept and preserved in the National Palace Museum in Taipei, that has been passed down to the present day from its original publishing during the reign of Emperor Kangxi. The presentation of the Lung Tripitaka to the world was a result driven by the aspiration on the part of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. In 2005, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang wished to have a photo copy of the Lung Tripitaka.  In order to fulfill the vow of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spent a huge amount of money and effort to have the replicated version of the Lung Tripitaka completed in 2010. The presentation of the Lung Tripitaka to the world was something incredible, signifying that Buddhism would prosper in the world for an extended period of time.

Updated on April 9, 2012